MidsouthCon is coming up March 20-22. This year I’m going to be the change I want to see in the world.
Each year MidsouthCon serves up substantial writing and cosplay tracks (along with tracks for art, gaming, movies, anime, music, and everything else you’d expect from the largest SFF convention in the Midsouth). More than 2,000 people attend each year. This is their 38th year, so you’d expect it to be pretty good, and it is.
What they don’t do is place moderators on panels, which can lead to some runaway discussions. This year I volunteered to be a moderator for the writing track and they accepted my proposal. I don’t know what I will be moderating, but that’s par for the course. Last year they didn’t publish the schedule until a week before the con, which is also pretty typical.
I’m looking forward to it. If you live in the Midsouth, I hope you’ll come to MidsouthCon. This year, Amanda Makepeace, an award-winning artist and a super nice person, is the artist guest of honor. (The official art you see advertising the con is hers.) The editor GOH is Sheila Gilbert from Daw Books. The author GOH is best-selling author David Mack. The scientist, Don Lincoln, is a particle physicist who works at the Fermi National Accelerator Labs and writes numerous books, articles, and other materials. It’s an excellent line-up.
In addition to the seminars, MidsouthCon has 24 hour gaming, which is the draw for Steve each year. This year he runs official Call of Cthulhu convention adventures. He joined the Cult of Chaos, which is Chaosium’s official group of GMs and designers. He has access to a bunch of secret stuff that he will raid for great Lovecraftian gaming.
In addition to all that, there’s also a vendor area, an art show, burlesque and comedy performances, a masquerade, and so much more.
A lot of times people don’t bother checking into their local conventions, but this is a mistake. Many cities have long-running regional conventions that are worth attending. MidsouthCon is one of those. Registration right now is just $55 for adults and $27.50 for children. Compare this to the larger cons which often top $100 a ticket to see what a great value this is.
Hope to see you there in a month. Or, if you are too far from here, look into your local conventions. I think you’ll be surprised by how much fun you’ll have.
Be well, friends!